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Divorced Parents Communications - Sept. 28, 2022
April Kaull: At West Virginia University, mountaineers go first. When it comes to keeping the lines of communication open after a divorce, West Virginia University researchers say you can have far too much of a good thing. Jonathan Beckmire from the College of Applied Human Sciences is here to explain.
Jonathan Beckmire: In a recent project we were looking at the ways in which divorced parents communicated with each other and what they communicated about potential influences on how well children were adjusting to parents' divorce. When parents focus their communication around their shared parenting paths, what we often call co-parenting, children evidence better wellbeing.
April Kaull: I know that your study really talks a lot about establishing some boundaries and how important that can be. What advice do you have for parents who maybe are struggling to make that happen?
Jonathan Beckmire: Thinking a little bit ahead and then maybe thinking about the actual tools that you're using to communicate with your former spouse might help you establish those boundaries. Parents coming together to decide that what might be best for them and their children is a different kind of family system. And by understanding what helps families make that decision or helps their children adjust following divorce we can put in place programs and resources that'll help families as they're going through the transition.
April Kaull: So let's go. Follow our story on WVUtoday.wvu.edu.
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